Staff & Board

Staff Directory

Catherine Hughes, Ph.D.
Executive Director


Prior to moving to New York City and taking this position at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Catherine was the ED for the Howard County Historical Society in Kokomo, Indiana. Before that, Catherine was Director of Interpretation at Conner Prairie in Indiana, which is a large living history site. She loved lived in Atlanta, GA while working at the Atlanta History Center. Catherine has a PhD from the Ohio State University in Education with a theatre focus, and is the author of Museum Theatre: Communicating with Visitors Through Drama. She founded the International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL), a networking organization. Catherine is originally from Boston and began her career at the Museum of Science, Boston.


Danielle Gaita
Public Programs & Visitor Services Manager


As a New Jersian who has spent the past few years in Washington, DC, Danielle feels extremely lucky to be back in the area she grew up in and working in a historic house with such rich history. With an educational background in Anthropology from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, she brings an approach that emphasizes culture and humans, both then and now, to museum spaces. While in the DC-Metro area, Danielle worked in places such as the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, and most recently, the new Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum, where she helped in various stages of the opening of the museum. Danielle brings mixed experience in museum education, programming, and operations to the table, as well as passion for the field sparked by the unique ability museums have to teach anyone who comes in contact with them, no matter their background or learning style. When not exploring museums, Danielle can be found working through her “to be read” pile of books, trying new restaurants or recipes, and hanging out with her best friend – her dog Kody. 


Kiowa Pratt-Gordon
School and Community Programs Manager


Kiowa is an award-winning educational leader with a Masters Degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University. She started her career teaching in the Women’s Studies Department at the University at Albany. She has served in the United States Peace Corps and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Colombia, South America. Most recently, she has worked for an international education technology company and is excited to be back home in New York, now in museum education.


Presley Rodriguez
Administrative Coordinator


Presley was born and raised in Queens, NY and has always loved history and museums. She received her BA in Archaeology from Boston University, and recently completed her MA in Art History at Hunter College. Her master’s thesis was about ceramics for the U.S. market in the 18th and 19th centuries. Presley’s favorite part of the Mansion is its multifaceted history because it is a strong reflection of the story of the United States.

Educators and Visitor Services

Karen Compton
Daniella Day
Kimberly Elicker
Regan Hicks
Khadijah McCaskill
Elizabeth Murphy
Charlie Owens
Loren Silber
Alexis Stotts


Board of Trustees


Lisa Koenigsberg, PhD, President

Wayne Benjamin, Vice President

Alexander Campos, Vice President

Warren S. Whitlock, Treasurer

Camilla Saly, Secretary

James Kerr, Member at Large

Antonio Burr, PhD

Glenorchy Campbell

Ruth Fischbach, PhD

Susan Arnot Heaney

Michael Unthank